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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Nov;199(5):576.e1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2008.06.080. Epub 2008 Sep 25.

The effect of sleep deprivation on fine motor coordination in obstetrics and gynecology residents.

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Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY 10029, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of acute sleep deprivation on the fine motor coordination in obstetrics and gynecology residents.

STUDY DESIGN:

Twenty-eight obstetrics and gynecology residents completed a series of tasks using the Purdue pegboard standardized protocol for testing fine motor coordination both before and after a 24-hour call.

RESULTS:

Twenty-three participants were women and 5 were men. There was a learning curve demonstrated for performance of the tasks. There was a statistically significant decline in performance of residents after overnight call. When adjusting for the learning curve, effects of sleep deprivation were magnified for all tasks: right (dominant) hand (P = .0005), left hand (P = .0020), both hands (P < .0001), and assembly (P < .0001). There were significant differences in performance when segregated by year of training and sex; female residents appeared to tolerate better lack of sleep.

CONCLUSION:

Acute sleep deprivation has a deleterious effect on fine motor coordination in this group of obstetrics and gynecology residents.

PMID:
18822404
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajog.2008.06.080
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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